Alec Asher Suspended for 80 Games

Philadelphia Phillies right-handed pitcher Alec Asher has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported via Twitter that Asher tested positive for the drug Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid that was developed in East Germany back in 1962. Zolecki also noted that it was the same drug that Phillies southpaw Daniel Stumpf tested positive for earlier this season.

Asher was acquired as a piece in the Cole Hamels blockbuster trade last summer. Upon his arrival, Asher went 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in 29 innings pitched. While initial results at the major-league level weren’t positive, Asher was pitching well this season. In 54.2 innings split between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Asher owned a 2.32 ERA, allowing only 14 runs on 39 hits. He struck-out 35, while walking only seven batters.

Unfortunately, it’s now unable be determined if those positive performances were a payoff of his hard-work, or a result of the PEDs that he was taking.

The Phillies released a statement in regards to the matter.

“The Phillies support Major League Baseball’s Joint Prevention and Treatment Program and are disappointed to hear today’s news of Alec’s violation.”

The 24-year-old is currently out of action with a stress fracture in his right leg.

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